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Could Black-Market Botox Makers Supply Terrorists with Botulinum Toxin?

Black market labs that manufacture the beauty drug Botox could also provide terrorists with the deadly botulinum toxin, officials and security experts warn. U.S. scientists found that a biologist with a master's degree and $2,000 worth of equipment could easily make enough pure toxin to theoreti... Read More

Gastric ulcer bacteria turn immune defense inwards

Despite a strong response from our immune defence, the body is unable to rid itself of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. One reason for this is that this bacterium encourages elements of the immune response to remain in tissue, activating the wrong immune cells. Research results that pave the w... Read More

Chaperonins Prompt Proper Protein Folding -- But How?

In proper society of yesterday, a chaperone ensured that couples maintained appropriate courting rituals. In biology, a group of proteins called chaperonins make sure that proteins are folded properly to carry out their assigned roles in the cells.

In a new study in archaea (single-celled org... Read More

Living the High Life Is Risky Business for Toads Under Threat from Fungus

Midwife toads that live in the mountains are highly likely to die from a serious fungal infection, called chytridiomycosis, whereas their infected relatives in the lowlands are not, according to new research published January 24 in Ecology Letters.

The authors of the study, from Imperial Coll... Read More

'Poop' dermatitis linked to fashionable toilet seats, harsh chemicals

Considered a dermatological nuisance that was long gone, skin irritations caused by toilet seats appear to be making a comeback in paediatricians' offices, according to research led by Johns Hopkins Children's Centre investigator Bernard Cohen, M.D.

'Toilet seat dermatitis is one of those leg... Read More

Dog Flu Risk Highest Where Canines Mingle

Nowadays, even Fido fears the flu.

Boarding kennels and shelters in at least eight states -- New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Colorado, Georgia and Florida -- saw outbreaks of canine influenza virus last year. The highly contagious respiratory infection targets dogs of ... Read More

Pork from pigs exposed to H1N1 virus is safe, researchers say

Reporting from Columbus, Ga. - You can't get the " swine flu" virus by pigging out on barbecue, even if the pigs you used for chow had the disease, the federal government has confirmed.

A new study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture provided "additional confirmation" that meat fr... Read More

NC casino cleans slots every 2 hours to beat virus

Workers are cleaning slot machines with bleach every two hours as a North Carolina casino battles a virus that has sickened nearly 250 people.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Friday that Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Hotel is wiping down its 3,300 slot machines with a bleach and water mix... Read More

Rodent of the Week: Preventing HIV infection

Rodent_of_the_week A study in mice raises the possibility of preventing HIV transmission in humans. Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, found that administering antiretroviral drugs to mice prior to HIV exposure protected against intravenous and rectal transmission of t... Read More

Massive salami recall linked to salmonella outbreak

Amidst concerns of a salmonella contamination, 1.24 million pounds of pepper-coated salami and variety packs made by Daniele Inc., a Rhode Island company have been voluntarily recalled.

The state health division tracking the cases reported a total of 184 related cases from July last year unti... Read More

TWiV 67: Wasting deer and the Hulk rabbit

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On episode #67 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Marc Pelletier talk about chronic wasting disease of deer caused by prions, blocking the semen-derived enhancer of HIV infecti... Read More

German Scientists Develop Fast-Acting Germ Killer

A new fast-acting disinfectant that is effective against bacteria, viruses and other germs could help stop the spread of deadly infections in hospitals, German scientists said on Wednesday.

Researchers from the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin said they had developed a fast-acting, practical f... Read More

Blinking Bacteria Could Lead to Body-Controlled, Time-Released Drugs

(note - this is a follow-up to a story/video found at http://www.microbeworld.org/index.php?option=com_jlibrary&view=article&id=2545)

What do a bunch of fluorescent, blinking bacteria mean for your health? Surprisingly enough, it's good news. According to PopSci, a new discovery made by scien... Read More

Brazil developing microbe to clean mining effluent

A Brazilian scientist is developing a method of purifying contaminated waste water that accumulates at mining sites by using a genetically modified bacteria that can absorb heavy metals.

Ronaldo Biondo, from the University of Sao Paulo, is developing the technology for the country's largest m... Read More

Microbe's poison linked to fish kills

A microbe linked to toxic algae blooms in the Chesapeake Bay emits a poison to protect itself and to stun its equally tiny prey, Maryland scientists said.

Knowing the hunting habits of Karlodinium veneficum could help reduce fish kills, researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, said... Read More

Koch’s postulates in the 21st century

For thousands of years, epidemics of contagious diseases were believed to be caused by the wrath of the gods, configuration of stars, or miasma. The association of specific microorganisms with disease came about as a consequence of the work of the German physician Robert Koch. He formulated a se... Read More

Membrane-Coat Proteins: Bacteria Have Them Too

Although they are present almost everywhere, on land and sea, a group of related bacteria in the superphylum Planctomycetes-Verrucomicrobia-Chlamydiae, or PVC, have remained in relative obscurity ever since they were first described about a decade ago. Scientists at the European Molecular Biolog... Read More

Pregnant woman's gingivitis caused baby to be stillborn, scientists say

Pregnant women with untreated gum disease may have more at stake than just their teeth. They may also be risking the lives of their babies, a new study shows.

Expectant mothers have long been warned that gum disease can cause a baby to be born prematurely or too small. But for the first time ... Read More

Ancient Organism Fights MRSA

Scientists studying an ancient metazoan organism discover antimicrobial peptide active against MRSA. Read More

Can Hookworms Help Humans?

Conditions with an immunological basis, such as multiple sclerosis, might be ameliorated by means of the helminth parasites that cause chronic ill-health in the tropics Read More

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